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Himiko has the title Ultimate Magician (超高校級の「マジシャン」 chō kōkō kyū no “majishan” lit. Super High School Level Magician). However, she claims she is a real magic user, thus preferring the title Ultimate Mage (超高校級の「魔法使い」 Chō kōkō-kyū no “mahou-tsukai” lit. Super High School Level Mage).
- Before Joining Danganronpa
During her high school days, Himiko attended Dream Forest Girl's High (夢森女子高校). However, it is unclear if this memory of her was a part of the fabrication made by Team Danganronpa or if it was genuine.
- Fabricated Past
After she successfully participated in the 53rd Killing Game, Himiko's memories and past were fabricated by Team Danganronpa as follows:
Prior to being the bearer of the Ultimate Magician's title, Himiko was the self-proclaimed Ultimate Mage, as she constantly insisted that her parlor tricks were real magic. She also claims that she was the youngest person ever chosen by the world magic lovers' society, the Magic Castle, also known as the Hall of Magicians, as the Magician of the Year. However, she says she has been prevented from receiving her reward because of a conspiracy to hide the existence of magic.
While she isn't recognized as a mage, Himiko was awash in clients from all over the world who wanted to hire her as a magician.
According to Himiko, she also suffered from bullying in the past, most likely due to her different type of behavior and communication.
Himiko was an apprentice of a skilled magician who she dubbed as her master, the one that she addressed as the Greatest Mage, in order word, the "Archmage." She was training under him until she even surpassed him as a talented magician, starting to receive an overwhelming number of fans. However, she realized that it was only her popularity that keeps increasing in number, not her master. This fact frustrated her as she stated that she would never surpass him as a magician.
The Gofer Project
- Main article: The Gofer Project
Despite being chosen to be a participant, Himiko and the other fifteen participants had no intentions of going along with the plan, not wanting to abandon their loved ones. As a result, Himiko chose to forget about her Ultimate talent and decided to live as a normal high school student.
Around that time an extremist cult came into power. They believed that the meteorites were a punishment humanity brought upon itself, and having heard of The Gofer Project, tried to stop it. As a result, the “Ultimate Hunt” started and spread throughout the world, and the sixteen students selected for the Gofer Project were hunted down.
The government then decided to counter the situation by faking the students' deaths, calming down the “Ultimate Hunt” while providing protection to the students. The Gofer Project was then put into action while the Earth was being destroyed by meteorites. Himiko and the others went to space in the massive ark, the true form of Ultimate Academy of Gifted Juveniles, and were put to a cold sleep for several decades.
Much later on in Chapter 5, after the remaining participants cleared the Death Road of Despair, Kokichi Oma lied about being the mastermind of the Killing Game and that he was the leader of the cult bent on stopping the Gofer Project. He also lied about being the one who let Monokuma enter the spaceship, which effectively forced Himiko and the others to participate in the Killing School Semester. All of this was done in order to get everyone to fall into so much despair that they would not continue the Killing Game.
In order to get the remaining survivors at the time to continue the Killing Game, the true Mastermind decided to connect everyone's memories of The Gofer Project to the story of Hope's Peak Academy. As a result, the true Mastermind prepared a Flashback Light that tricked the remaining participants into thinking that everyone, including those that had died, was actually students of the rebuilt Hope's Peak Academy. They also remembered that the ones behind The Gofer Project were Makoto Naegi, the headmaster of the rebuilt Hopes Peak Academy, and the Future Foundation. This Flashback light also revealed that the cult bent on stopping The Gofer Project were actually the Remnants of Despair and that Kokichi was their leader. This lie filled everyone with the determination needed to stop the despair they were faced with.
In the Mastermind's rush, they accidentally overlooked slight inconsistencies and plot holes when linking both stories together, such as "Ultimate Despair" only referring to Junko Enoshima, and that Class 78 was trapped by the Ultimate Despair when they had actually locked themselves within the school in order to shelter themselves from the tragedy outside.
- Main article: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
IntroductionKaede Akamatsu and Shuichi Saihara arrived. Just like everyone else, Himiko was confused about their current predicament. Once the Monokuma Kubs arrived in their Exisals, they gave the sixteen participants their Ultimate wardrobe, and their first memory via the Flashback Light to make them more suitable for the Killing Game. Himiko and the other fifteen talentless students underwent the fabrication process, where all of their past memories and personalities were heavily fabricated. She also received the talent and title of Ultimate Magician. All of this was done for the sake of satisfying Danganronpa's audience from all over the world. After the fabrication process was completed, Himiko and the others entered the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles as totally different people, officially commencing the 53rd killing game season known as the Killing School Semester.
Afterwards, once Kaede and Shuichi began to investigate the academy, the duo would find Himiko in the dining hall. She introduced herself to them as the "Ultimate Mage", baffling the pair before saying that she was officially known as the Ultimate Magician. Despite this, Himiko insisted that her magic was actual magic and not parlor tricks and showed her disdain that nobody would believe her. Kaede and Shuichi both encouraged her to use her magic to take them all back to where they originally came from if they wanted them to believe her, but Himiko claimed that her magic isn't all-powerful and that she can only do so much. When describing what she can do to the pair, both concluded that they were just ordinary magic tricks. They eventually left Himiko to explore the rest of the academy.
Himiko would later gather with everyone else in the gymnasium after the Monokuma Kubs made their announcement. While some of the students were worried, Tenko Chabashira, the Ultimate Aikido Master, had immediately taken a liking to Himiko, seeming to believe in her real magic act. Tenko asked her what sort of training she does for her magic, but Himiko didn't reply because it was "too tiring". Afterwards, the Monokubs and Monokuma, the Monokuma Kubs' father and the self-appointed headmaster of the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles, arrived and announced that they would be participating in a Killing Game, much to almost everyone's shock and horror. With that, the Killing School Semester had officially begun.
Attempting the Death Road of Despair
After Monokuma officially started the Killing Game, Himiko read the rules on her Monopad. A majority of the group wasn't sure what to do after reading these rules and began to panic and argue. Thanks to Kaede's motivational argument, the panic died down and everyone seemed to become united. Afterwards, Gonta Gokuhara, the Ultimate Entomologist, then remembered that he found a manhole inside the boiler room behind the school building. Himiko along with everyone else immediately followed Gonta's lead, with a hope of finding a way out.
Descending the manhole, Himiko and the others found a tunnel leading outside of the academy. Though everyone thought that the tunnel probably ended up being a trap, they still had to test every single possibility in order to escape. However, Himiko and the others exhausted themselves both physically and mentally as they found that escaping through Death Road of Despair is next to impossible. Due to this, Kokichi revolted, saying that Kaede's repeated motivational speech is the source of the group's agony, added by some of her friends giving up on escaping the tunnel, Himiko included, the group's harmony came to a swift end. The tunnel ended up being a trap set by Monokuma and the Monokuma Kubs, much to everyone's dismay. Himiko headed to her assigned dorm room along with the others to get some rest.
The First and Additional Motive
After the first motive and additional motives are presented, the First Blood Perk and the time limit, Himiko unlike almost everyone else, seemed noticeably less worried to the point of not caring whatsoever. It was around this time that Tenko also tried getting closer to Himiko, though she didn't seem to treat Tenko as anything more than an annoyance and found Tenko disturbing obsession with her creepy and awkward.
During the morning of the next day, Angie Yonaga, the Ultimate Artist, tried to convince Himiko to believe in Atua, much to Tenko's annoyance and jealousy. Himiko declined, saying that believing in Atua sounds like "too much of a pain". Tenko ecstatically said that Himiko should believe in Neo Aikido instead, but the magician stated that that was a pain as well.
On The ClockKaito Momota, the Ultimate Astronaut, asked Himiko to join his strategy meeting, thinking that her "magic" may prove useful when it came to fighting Monokuma. She agreed, and so her, Kaito, Angie, Tenko, Gonta, Maki Harukawa, the Ultimate Child Caregiver, and Rantaro Amami, the Ultimate ???, headed down to the game room in the basement to conduct their strategy meeting. Not long after however, Rantaro excused himself to go to the restroom while actually going to investigate the library, knowing of the secret room thanks to his survival perk mono-pad.
The First Investigation and Class Trial
During the investigation of Himiko didn't do anything notable to help the group solve the case. Instead, she questioned Gonta in the game room with Kaito, though she had an absurd and firm belief that the Ultimate Entomologist was the culprit because he had locked himself in the AV room, and threatened to punish him several times with her "magic" if he refused to confess.
Keeping in line with how she had been up until now, Himiko didn't do anything remarkable during the trial either. In fact, she was very quick to want to give up when they were discussing whether or not this really was the perfect crime thanks to Kaede's and Shuichi's hidden cameras. Later on during the trial, when Shuichi was accused of being the culprit thanks to neglecting to mention the camera intervals to Kaede, Himiko was among the students to accuse him. For the rest of the trial, Himiko was very apathetic to the situation even after Kaede had been executed she did not seem to particularly care.
Himiko's Research Lab
The morning of the next day, Himiko along with everyone else would gather in the dining hall once again and have a normal, but forced the conversation to try and make themselves not think about the horrible events that transpired yesterday. Once Shuichi arrived, Himiko was one of the ones who noticed that he had taken off his hat. Afterwards, the Monokubs showed up and handed out four random items that the students could use to unlock more areas in the academy.
One of the areas that became unlocked was the Ultimate Magician's Research Lab on the first floor of the school, which Himiko herself obviously took an interest in along with Tsumugi Shirogane, the Ultimate Cosplayer, and Shuichi. Himiko remarked that whoever made this lab got magic tricks confused with "actual magic", but was still impressed with the collection nonetheless. Shuichi eventually left the two girls to explore the rest of the academy's new areas.
Angie eventually told Himiko and everyone else to meet in the gymnasium, seemingly failing in discovering anything about the conspicuous flashlight that she and Shuichi had discovered earlier. After everyone had gathered, Monokuma appeared and told everyone that it was a Flashback Light and that it had the ability to restore lost memories before leaving and letting the students decide what to do with it. Although everyone was skeptical at first, they eventually gave in and used it, allowing everyone, Himiko included, to remember that they had been on the run from the "Ultimate Hunt". Though they could not remember the exact details and circumstances behind it, just that they had been on the run.K1-B0, the Ultimate Robot, joined Tenko for her "celebrity-like vacation" in the pool area.
The Motive Videos
During that same night, the Monokubs prepared the second motive, distributing various motive videos at random while the students slept. The next morning, Himiko joined everyone in the dining hall in order to discuss what to do with the motive videos. Despite Ryoma Hoshi, the Ultimate Tennis Pro, suggesting that they exchange them, wanting to see who could be the most important person in his life, everyone rejected the idea, afraid that it would cause another murder to happen, much to his annoyance. Once Tenko tried to goad Himiko into enjoying a tripe hot pot, wanting to get closer to her, Angie told her that she doesn't get it and that Himiko isn't hungry. Nevertheless, everyone has tripe hot pot for breakfast
The next morning, everyone gathered in the dining hall once again, only to notice that Angie and Himiko were both praying to Atua, much to Tenko's shock and jealousy. Angie stated that Himiko had abandoned reality to speak to Atua. Tenko accused her of brainwashing Himiko, only to correct her, saying that she had undone Himiko's brainwashing. Despite this, Tenko still urged Himiko to get a hold of herself, only for Angie to instill hers and Atua's authority into Himiko further by pulling her into a hug. Angie reaffirms that she understood Himiko and that she isn't scared, just sad, that she has no one to confide her anxieties to. She reassured Himiko that she wasn't alone and that a handsome god was watching over her. With that, Himiko didn't seem scared anymore and Angie praised Atua once again.
Angie then passed on Atua's "divine message" to everyone else in the dining hall, saying that the academy suffered from the same sins as the outside world and that the only reason everyone was unhappy because their greed was making them treat each other like adversaries. She proposed that everyone cast aside their greed and live within the academy in a peaceful harmony with divine purpose, turning the academy into "heaven on earth". She stated that if they do this, their desire to leave will vanish, and in turn, the killings would also cease. This proposal baffled nearly everyone but Himiko, who stated that Atua's divine messages are never wrong. With Angie's advice, her and Himiko decide to hold a magic show the next morning in order to get everyone to forget about their desire to leave before leaving the dining hall in order to begin the preparations.
Gonta's Insect Meet and Greet
Himiko and Angie remained in the gym throughout the entire day preparing for their magic show with some help from the others, like Kaito. Angie also asked Kirumi Tojo, the Ultimate Maid, to sew the curtains for their show, completely unaware that Kirumi had ulterior motives while she prepared in the gym. Unbeknownst to them, Gonta, thanks to Kokichi's lies, believed that everyone hated bugs and began kidnapping various students into his Research Lab in order to get them to like bugs. In reality, Kokichi simply wanted to get everyone to watch their motive videos in order make the killing game "more interesting". Himiko and Angie were standing watch just outside the gym when Gonta found them and brought them to his lab, being the last two he had brought after Shuichi, Tenko, K1-B0, Tsumugi, and Korekiyo Shinguji, the Ultimate Anthropologist was detained. Not long after they were brought there, the Insect Meet and Greet began and everyone panicked as insects began to buzz about and wreak havoc. In order to finally end this absurdity, K1-B0 used his recording function in order to convince Gonta that Kokichi had tricked him, much to his anger. With that, Himiko and everyone else barring Gonta and Kokichi took back their motive videos before immediately leaving the Ultimate Entomologist's Research Lab, then heading to bed.
The Amazing Himiko's Magic Show
The very next morning, Himiko and Angie began their magic show, with everyone from Gonta's Insect Meet and Great attending, bar Kokichi. Angie thanked Atua for being with them today, much to Tenko's chagrin, who stated that she should be thanking them first for even showing up. Ignoring Tenko's comment, Angie explained the details of Himiko's trick before the Ultimate Magician jumped into the tank, having only a single minute to escape the water tank before the tank would fill with piranha's. Angie closed the curtains, and Himiko got to work. She used the secret hatch in the tank that led into the interior of the staircase to get out as the timer counted down. While inside the staircase, she opened the hatch on its side to get out backstage and change into a dry set of her clothes.
While Himiko had pulled off her trick flawlessly, everyone else watching grew increasingly worried as the timer continued to count down and Himiko had yet to come out. Gonta couldn't take it anymore and stormed the stage, wanting to save Himiko before the piranhas would fill the tank, much to Angie's disappointment. Once the timer ran out, the piranha's dropped into the tank along with some other large object, though Himiko had yet to show herself. Tenko begged Angie to open the curtains, a plea that she promptly responded to by revealing the tank, however, no one was prepared for what they were about to see. Ryoma's lifeless, handcuffed body drifted within the tank, only having a couple seconds before the piranha's stripped the flesh from his bone, leaving nothing more than a skeleton, the handcuff's, and his belongings behind. Himiko finally revealed herself after this, happy that her trick worked out while completely failing to notice Ryoma's skeleton in the tank until she turned around, stunning her as well.
The Second Investigation and Class Trial
During the investigation itself, everyone desired to know how Himiko had performed her trick in order to better understand the crime. However, Himiko refused to give a proper answer. Instead, she insisted that her underwater escape act was actual magic instead of normal tricks. The other participants were irritated or baffled at Himiko's absurd stubbornness, but Tenko was extremely quick to defend her and threatened anyone who dared "bully" Himiko. Due to this, Everyone else decided to investigate the stage and set up themselves to understand the true nature of Himiko's trick.
As the Class Trial began, Himiko was quickly suspected by Angie despite how close they had supposedly become. This outraged Tenko greatly, stating that if they were really friends that Angie should believe in Himiko. Angie countered this and stated that she's simply telling them what Atua is telling her and that they should be thankful lest he pours his holy wrath upon them all. Despite Himiko's commitment to her magic act and everyone continuing to suspect her, Tenko proudly declared that no matter what, she would continue believing in Himiko until she took her final breath. This act of faith seemed to put Tenko and Himiko on somewhat good terms.
Eventually, Kirumi was pinned as Ryoma's killer by Shuichi and Himiko listened to her explain her shocking motivations and watch as she was executed by Monokuma. Himiko seemed more distressed here than she had been during Kaede's execution, but Tenko tried to reassure her that she would keep her safe.
Tenko's Research Lab
The next morning, at Kokichi's request after unveiling Maki's true talent the night prior, Himiko along with everyone else barring Maki paid a visit to the "Ultimate Child Caregiver's Research Lab" only to discover various weapons all throughout the lab, proving that Maki was, in fact, the Ultimate Assassin, not a child caregiver. Everyone grew extremely wary of Maki, fearing that the talent of a killer would be a threat to everyone else's survival, but Kaito reassured them that he would take care of her. After the Monokubs showed up, usurped their father as headmaster, and passed out more items for the students to unlock new areas within the academy.
One of the places that became unlocked was Tenko's Research Lab in the courtyard. Himiko, Tenko, and Shuichi were the first to explore it, with Tenko being increasingly ecstatic to finally have her own lab claiming that no school is complete without a dojo. She announced that sparing here would be very enjoyable before grabbing Shuichi and throwing him down on the tatami mat hard. While he obviously didn't appreciate the gesture, Tenko was able to determine that Shuichi lacked self-esteem and as a result, lacked strength. She stated that while he had more confidence in himself than before, he still questioned himself. She was seemingly able to tell when her sparring partner is burdened by doubt, as she hit every nail on the head. Tenko then asked Himiko if she wanted to combine her magic with her own Neo Aikido. Himiko didn't even get a chance to fully reply before being thrown down on the tatami mat hard, just like Tenko did to Shuichi. From doing so, Tenko determined that Himiko didn't show her emotions all the time because she was too shy and claimed that it was a waste as she claimed that Himiko had "the richest heart of all". She recommended Himiko to try Neo Akido, as it would help her with her shyness, but she was too irritated with Tenko to care about what she was saying and instead threatened to turn her into a toad with her magic.
Later on, Himiko would gather with everyone else in the dining hall in order to inspect the new Flashback Light that Shuichi found. Upon using it, everyone remembered what seemed to be their own funeral, much to the student's confusion. Kaito reassured everyone that there's no way the funeral could be real considering they were all still here and alive. His small speech seemed to work, as everyone perked back up, enjoyed a small meal, then headed back to their dorms.
Angie's Student Council
That same night, Angie went to talk with Himiko, Tsumugi, Tenko, and K1-B0 in hopes of converting them all to her ideology and create a Student Council with the sole intent of ending the Killing Game while also throwing away their own desire to leave the academy. All four of them were "brainwashed" by Angie and became dependent on Atua.
The converted Himiko gathered with everyone in the gymnasium the very next morning at the Monokubs request. The participants were presented with the third motive, the Necronomicon, and were told that they would be able to bring back someone who had died already as a transfer student. This motive baffled the students, saying that there's no way the dead could come back to life. However, Angie seemed to embrace the motive, saying the "corpses" so far may have just been very accurate imitations to make the real people seem dead. Some of the students argued that there's no way that's possible, but Himiko seemed intent on listening to what Angie had to say. She then listened to Gonta say that more letters were added to the rock in the courtyard, deducing that perhaps the four people who had died are actually alive and wrote that message. Angie praised Gonta and, like Himiko before him, pulled him into a hug. She instilled hers and Atua's authority into him by reassuring him that he was not alone and that Atua was like a gentle grandmother that always kept him safe, effectively playing off of Gonta's desire for a motherly figure.
Angie then said that Gonta should join the Student Council, wanting to make him feel needed. Himiko, and Tsumugi both requited this feeling. As a result, the Ultimate Entomologist did not hesitate for even a second if it meant he could be useful to everyone and joined Angie's group. Shuichi however, was confused as to what Angie meant by "student council", but K1-B0 replied by saying that Angie summoned himself, Himiko, Tenko, and Tsumugi last night in order to discuss how to eradicate the Killing Game. As a result, this group of students ended up forming the "Ultimate Academy Student Council" with Angie as their president. The "brainwashed" members listened to Angie completely and without question, stating that her will is Atua's will and as a result, she cannot be wrong. Angie took the Necronomicon and told everyone else to "leave it to the student council".
In reality, Angie trying to unify the group with her student council only ended up causing discord between the student council and the non-student council members, such as during that same night when the student council ridiculed Maki for being out at nighttime. The very next morning, the two split parties came into conflict yet again after finding out that the student council had blocked off the manhole in the boiler room with a large rock. Angie even went as far as to destroy a Flashback Light from the Monokubs, wanting to quell any desire to leave no matter the cost. Himiko and the others supported her one-hundred percent despite their extreme methods, having no malicious intent for the group, just wanting to stop another killing from happening by any means necessary.
The Summoning Ritual
That same evening, Himiko went to Angie's Lab in hopes of speaking to her as she prepared her ritual. However, the Ultimate Magician ended up walking into Shuichi, Maki, and Tenko trying to convince Angie not to go through with her ritual. As it turned out, Tenko was never actually brainwashed by Angie and simply pretended to be just so that she could keep Himiko safe. Their persuasion failed, and Angie all wished them a safe trip back to their dorms, where they finally ran into Himiko. She and Angie talked and told each other that Atua loved them, but Tenko had finally had enough. The Ultimate Aikido Master urged Himiko to get a hold of herself one last time, saying that if she couldn't even see that she had been brainwashed that she wasn't a real mage at all, which seemed to greatly irritate Himiko. Tenko didn't mind however and told her to get mad and express herself, but Shuichi stopped her. Tenko then realized what she had just said to Himiko and apologized for yelling at her.
The next morning, Himiko headed to Angie's Lab yet again, only to find it locked. She knocked on the door hoping to get a reply, but Angie never answered. Shuichi, Maki, Tenko, and Kaito arrived the next morning with hopes of trying to persuade Angie yet again, but Himiko told them that Angie wouldn't come out of her Research Lab. This worried Shuichi greatly, but Kokichi overheard the situation and used his lock-picking skills to break into Angie's lab. Shuichi's worries were confirmed as Angie's corpse lies in the center of the four wax effigies in a pool of her own blood.
Everyone else who was not present gathered in Angie's Research Lab following the body discovery announcement. All the student council members mourned her passing, wondering just how and why she was killed. Himiko meanwhile, was rendered depressed and silenced at her friend's passing. Korekiyo suggested that they perform a seance to commune with Angie's spirit, a suggestion that Himiko, Tenko, Kokichi, and K1-B0 agreed to, completely unaware that the Ultimate Anthropologist had sinister ulterior motives. When Korekiyo stated that the seance needed to be conducted in a dark place, Himiko immediately suggested using the middle vacant room, which later made Himiko a suspect in the trial due to Korekiyo having trapped all the empty rooms in preparations for another murder.
Shuichi would later replace K1-B0 for the seance due to the others wondering if a robot would really work for it, much to the Ultimate Robot's dismay. Korekiyo then said that they would need a spirit medium for Angie's spirit to go into and clarified that it would work best with a girl. Himiko offered to do it before Tenko offered instead, saying that Himiko wouldn't be able to say goodbye to Angie if she was the medium. Himiko was silent at this, but Tenko said one last thing before becoming the medium, that she should keep her chin up and live life facing forward and survive with her and everyone else. She tried to reassure Himiko that expressing her feelings was perfectly natural and that she would feel better if she did. With that, Himiko and Tenko seemed to be on good terms once again, neither aware that these would be Tenko's last words to Himiko due to no one aside from Korekiyo knowing the true nature of the seance.Tenko lied in a position similar to child's pose in the center of a circle of salt inscribed with magical symbols. A cage, cloth, and statue are placed on top of her to complete the ritual. Unbeknownst to Tenko, Korekiyo hid a kama, a traditional Japanese weapon similar to a sickle, under the cloth covering the cage that would later be responsible for her death. The students then turn off the lights in the room and sang together as Tenko prayed and attempted to commune with Angie's spirit. However, Korekiyo, using the magic circle to find his way to the loose floorboard he had prepared the night prior, stomped on it during the ritual, triggering a seesaw effect and sending Tenko flying off the ground. Her neck is pierced by the kama above the cage, killing her right before everyone's eyes while they were unaware of it. Korekiyo then makes his way back to his corner, acting as if nothing had happened, and finishing the song before asking if the "caged child" was Angie Yonaga.
The Third Class Trial
Himiko was increasingly more agitated during this trial that she had been in any of the previous trials due to losing two people who considered her a friend and never being able to properly requite those feelings to Tenko. When Kokichi stated that Tenko's death was meaningless and that they had to solve the mystery behind Angie's murder, Himiko snapped at him for making light of her "friend's" death. Kaito reassured Himiko that they would uncover Tenko's death and that he wouldn't let anyone say that her death didn't matter.
As they continued to discuss the cause of Tenko's death, Maki speculated that she could have killed herself, but Himiko denied it, choosing to believe in Tenko's final words. Shuichi decided to believe in Tenko as well and lied by saying that she had died instantly, giving her no time to get rid of the weapon used to kill her, a lie that Maki acknowledged. Eventually, Himiko was brought up as a potential suspect due to suggesting the middle room for the seance which just so happened to be rigged for the seesaw. Hearing this, the Ultimate Magician finally stopped caring about everything once again, rendered too depressed at the loss of her two closest friends and now being accused of being their killer. Shuichi however, could relate to Himiko very well and understand what she was going through as he had a very similar experience with Kaede. The Ultimate Detective was able to clear her of suspicion thanks to Kokichi's testimony of stepping through a loose floorboard in the other empty room, effectively meaning that every room was trapped. As a result, there was no reason to suspect just Himiko anymore. Shuichi tried to encourage Himiko, saying that if she gave up now she would be betraying Tenko's and Angie's memory and that everyone here was trying to keep their promises to the dead. Upon hearing this, Himiko's resolve had finally solidified, vowing to no longer state how much of a pain everything was and that she would fight alongside everyone and survive until the very end.
The group continued to discuss Tenko's murder until eventually, Shuichi was able to pin Korekiyo as her killer. After some arguing, Korekiyo acknowledged the claim, saying that Tenko's death ultimately didn't matter because the true culprit that they needed to search for was the culprit behind Angie's murder, much to Himiko's annoyance. However, Korekiyo was unaware that the clues left behind in Angie's murder, the piece of bloody duct tape and the dried blood on the loose floorboard in the seance room would be key pieces of evidence linking both murders together and as a result, pinning him as the culprit of both murders, not just Tenko's.
Following the trial's conclusion, Korekiyo revealed himself to be a serial killer whose goal was to grant his deceased sister one-hundred female friends in the afterlife and that he was very close to that number. He claimed that every girl in the school barring Miu Iruma, the Ultimate Inventor, and Maki had the potential to become "friends" for his sister. Korekiyo stated that Tenko's earnest and pure heart made her the perfect candidate to send to his sister and wondered how Himiko couldn't have liked her. Himiko however, could not accept this explanation, angrily asking why Tenko and Angie had to die for something so unfair. Korekiyo replied that there is no such thing as a death that can be accepted and wondered how they all would live a life that faced death before being dragged to his execution.
Himiko could do nothing but remain silent following Korekiyo's execution, still rendered far too depressed over the loss of her two friends. Everyone else seemed to agree that she needed time alone. Kokichi however, decided that he would finally tear down the wall she insisted on keeping up, asking her why she was still trying so hard to hold herself back. Upon hearing this, Himiko was reminded of Tenko's final words to her about it is perfectly fine to show your emotions. Himiko could no longer hold it together and burst into tears, telling Angie and Tenko how lonely she was but that she couldn't join them just yet. She continued to cry for a very long time, everyone else being drawn in and crying as well.
In the end, Himiko cried so much that she ended up falling asleep. Gonta, with his kindhearted and courteous heart, decided to pick her up and carry her back to her room. Everyone else remarked how she must've finally felt better to let everything out as she slept.
The very next morning following the third Class Trial, Himiko gathered with everyone in the dining hall yet again. The group became disheartened to see how many people they had lost up until now, but Himiko was incredibly more loud and cheerful than she had been before thanks to her newfound resolve that she had obtained from the loss of her two deceased friends. Monokuma then showed up along with his Kubs to hand out the next set of random items to unlock more areas with, along with a card key that according to Monophanie would be the next motive, though Kokichi stole it and ran off.
Himiko went to investigate with all the others around the academy, choosing to search outside the main building. However, she couldn't help but stare at Tenko's Research Lab, still missing her dearly. When she caught Shuichi looking at her, she told him to stop or else she'd end up "becoming even more beautiful". Shuichi was confused as to what she meant, but Himiko ended up blushing at her own compliment.
Himiko later regathered with everyone else in the dining hall to investigate yet another Flashback Light. Once used on themselves, everyone remembered the meteorites that impacted the Earth and that it was described as being very similar to the meteor impact that wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago. They also remembered basic details of the cult bent on stopping the Gofer Project saying that mankind deserved damnation, and the Gofer Project itself.
In a bonus event in Chapter 4, Himiko was trying to learn on how to "live life facing forward" just like how Tenko advised her before she met her demise. Later, Shuichi and Gonta helped her to train together in Tenko's Research Lab, and Shuichi was glad that Himiko became more cheerful than she used to, saying that Tenko's feelings finally reached her.
Neo World Program
A couple days later, Miu would gather everyone, Himiko included, in the computer room on the fourth floor. The Ultimate Inventor explained to everyone how she had been working on the massive computer for the past few days and reprogrammed it into a "world without Monokuma or the Killing Game". In reality, she was actually plotting her own murder plan in order to escape the academy, believing that the world needed her and her genius. Although Himiko and the others were skeptical at first, everyone agreed that it would be best to investigate the virtual world after hearing about a supposed secret of the outside world from Monokuma.
Himiko sat down in her chair and put the cords in her own headset, making sure to listen to Miu's explanation. In order for Himiko to remind herself which cord goes in which socket, she spoke out loud that "Right is the hand you hold your chopsticks in". While it was not her intention to do so, she ended up confusing Gonta so much that he ended up putting the cords in the wrong socket, triggering an avatar error when he logged in which would ensure none of his memories of ever being in the virtual world would be transferred over to his real body upon logging out again.
Once Himiko logged in with the others, she was disappointed with the graphics of the virtual world, wanting the face of a supermodel instead of what her avatar had. Once Miu logged in, Himiko listened to her explain more aspects about the virtual world such as their avatars senses being connected to their real bodies, that objects were unbreakable, and showed them all the map of the world. Everyone then headed to the chapel, making use of a signboard to cross the river. After reaching the chapel, everyone decided to explore the virtual world in its entirety in order to find the supposed secret Monokuma was referring to. Himiko remained with Maki, K1-B0, and Miu at the chapel in order to investigate, but Miu followed the other group and threw the signboard in the river to ensure that both groups would remain separate. As time passed and everyone continued to explore and investigate, Himiko along with all the others in the virtual world heard a loud crashing sound. Upon leaving the chapel to investigate with Maki and K1-B0, they found Miu's avatar unconscious beside the chapel. The trio became increasingly worried and attempted to reunite with the other group only to find the signboard used as a bridge gone thanks to none other than the Ultimate Inventor herself. They were still able to speak with the group exploring the mansion across the river and tell them about what had happened, worrying them as well. The other group was able to find the signboard used as a bridge in the river and place it down as a bridge once again, allowing everyone to regather and log out to make sure that Miu was okay. However, Himiko and everyone else was shocked to find Miu dead in her own chair, dying from the shock of having her avatar killed. As everyone stared at Miu's corpse dumbfounded, the investigation had begun for a fourth time at the Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles.
The Fourth Class Trial
During the fourth Class Trial, Himiko valiantly defended Gonta once he was called out as the culprit by Kokichi. She didn't think Gonta was lying due to how much he was defending himself and that he simply "didn't remember" because he was bad with computers. While she was technically right, hers and nearly everyone else's efforts amounted to naught, as Kokichi and Shuichi both proved that Gonta was able to commit the crime and that he didn't remember murdering Miu due to him mixing up the consciousness and memory chords in his headset. In reality, Gonta had been manipulated by Kokichi after being shown the secret of the outside world, falling into so much despair that he thought being dead was being better than being alive. Himiko cried for Gonta after he was executed, considering him a great, kindhearted person and a dear friend. When Kokichi exclaimed that he revealed in everyone's pain and suffering, Himiko appeared noticeably disturbed by his deranged behavior and instead rushed over to Kaito's side with the others after being knocked down by the Ultimate Supreme Leader. Once Kaito began coughing up blood, Himiko became concerned like everyone else did, but he tried to reassure her and everyone else that he was fine before leaving the trial grounds.
Down to the Final Few
The very next morning, Himiko gathered with everyone else in the dining hall. Everyone else was obviously still worried about Kaito, but he once again tried to reassure them that he was fine and they all ate breakfast together. After eating, Kaito wondered just where Kokichi had gone off to after his monologue yesterday. Himiko and the others became tense and frightened at the mere mention of the Ultimate Supreme Leader, but everyone said that no one had seen him since yesterday. Monokuma showed up after not too long and passed out the last set of items to unlock new areas in the academy with.
One of the new areas that became unlocked was the Ultimate Astronaut's Research Lab, which Himiko explored with Kaito, Shuichi, Maki, and Tsumugi. Aside from a Gofer Project participant list, which had a large majority of it blacked out, nothing of notable use was gained from Kaito's lab, much to his disappointment.
After everyone had uncovered all the new areas, Himiko gathered in the dining hall with the others at Tsumugi's request, but not to discuss a new Flashback Light. Instead, she informed everyone that the message in the courtyard had been completed and that it now said, “This world is mine. Kokichi Oma”. Kaito just wrote it off as Kokichi’s prank, not taking the final message seriously whatsoever. Everyone else seemed to agree with him, though wondered just where Kokichi had gone to and wondered if he took the Flashback Light seeing that none of the others had found it yet.
Clearing the Death Road of Despair
The next morning, after Kaito realized that he didn't have much time left due to his illness, declared to Himiko and the others that they were all going to fight Monokuma. He wanted to make good on his promise that he'd get everyone out alive, but needed their help if they were all going to get out of here. He said that now was their chance to finally fight back because the Monokubs were gone, meaning the Exisals would no longer be a threat to them. Himiko was still unsure however due to the academy being completely under his control and having numerous spares. Hearing this, Kaito asked them all if they were fine with the way things are now and that if they weren’t, then they had to fight. Eventually, as more and more people became determined by Kaito’s speech, Himiko also agreed. Everyone prepared mentally to fight Monokuma that same night.
As planned, Himiko and everyone else gathered in the gymnasium at nighttime, with Kaito bringing a vast assortment of weapons from Maki’s Research Lab. While everyone was preparing for battle, Kokichi suddenly appeared as well and brought with him Miu's memento, the electrohammers. He offered them to his classmates claiming that he wanted to end the Killing Game as well, but Maki was tired of his deceptive nature and threatened to strangle him once again, asking him just what he was scheming. Maki was eventually stopped by Kaito and the others, dropping Kokichi on the floor. The Ultimate Supreme Leader told everyone that he wouldn't interfere with them any longer before leaving the gym, along with Miu's memento for them to use. Himiko and the others were still skeptical, thinking that the hammers might have been trapped, but still had to explore every possibility. With Miu’s memento in hand, everyone headed to the Death Road of Despair. As they stood before the tunnel, Himiko and the others remarked that they would finally be able to fulfill Kaede’s wish and escape this Killing Game, making everyone even more determined. With that determination fueling them forward, they headed into the tunnel.
After crossing the Death Road of Despair with Miu’s electrohammers, they came across a large metal hatch which they opened up and discovered the apparent state of the outside world, ruined and destroyed by meteorites, shocking everyone. Himiko and the others all became unable to breathe and lost consciousness not long after. An unprecedented amount of time afterward, the hatch closed and everyone woke up. Kokichi appeared and congratulated everyone for discovering the truth of the outside world. He revealed everything to them, that the world was in ruins, and that they were secretly on a giant spaceship that acted as an ark for the last sixteen survivors of humanity, or rather last "seven" survivors of humanity. Afterwards, Kokichi proclaimed himself as the leader of the cult bent on stopping The Gofer Project and the one who let Monokuma into the ark, effectively declaring himself as the Mastermind of the Killing School Semester. Everyone was skeptical at first until Kokichi used a universal remote control to make the Exisals do his bidding, further convincing the remaining survivors that he was, in fact, the Mastermind. Kaito once again becomes outraged with Kokichi and attempted to punch him yet again. However, Kokichi easily incapacitated the Ultimate Astronaut using the Exisals. Maki attempted to attack him as well but was stopped by Shuichi. Afterwards, Kokichi requested Shuichi to give him back the Exisal hanger's alarm remote back, a request that he reluctantly complies with for Kaito's own safety. Kokichi declared that everyone was free to do whatever they pleased before leaving them all in a state of despair and taking Kaito hostage in the Exisal hanger. Himiko could do nothing but cry at the very idea that they were the last seven survivors of humanity and that they had been killing each other for nothing. They all headed back to their dorm rooms in a state of utter despair.
After an entire day passed with nothing happening, Maki finally gathered everyone in the dining hall after discovering a new Flashback Light. Himiko wondered what the point was in even using it since Kokichi already revealed the whole truth to everyone. She even went so far as to ask Maki for a quick death and thought that Tenko might not mind if she died now. Maki didn't mind but still insisted that they use the Flashback Light, stating that even if they hoped for a quick death that they should not leave any stones unturned. Himiko and the others somberly agreed finally and used the Flashback Light to remember the final truth. They remembered that they were all students of Hope's Peak Academy, the symbols of hope itself. This Flashback Light also made them remember that Kokichi was a Remnant of Despair and the leader of the cult trying to stop the Gofer Project. Everyone's resolve and determination came back with this new memory, vowing to stop Kokichi, save Kaito, and end the Killing Game once and for all. However, everyone's Electrohammers are still without power, as a result, everyone is forced to wait until the next morning until they are fully charged.
At some point during that same day for reasons unknown, Himiko went to the Cyber Courtyard for reasons unknown. Kaito saw her and spoke to her through the small bathroom window, surprising her. He requested that she bring him a disassembled crossbow from Maki's Research Lab. Himiko was reluctant at first, but Kaito made it clear that he wasn't planning to kill anyone with it, to which she agreed to bring him the crossbow through the bathroom window. Unbeknownst to her, K1-B0 bore witness to her carrying the black bag with the disassembled crossbow into the hanger. She gave him the crossbow along with one arrow, then promptly left the Cyber Courtyard and prepared to storm it with her fellow classmates the next morning
As planned the very next morning, Himiko would join her fellow classmates in storming the Exisal hanger, only to find a body crushed beyond recognition underneath the hydraulic press, the only clue as to who the victim could be being Kaito's sleeve where-as Kokichi is still missing. Everyone is horrified at the thought of having lost Kaito as the investigation begins. During the investigation, Himiko became insistent that Shuichi not speak to her, not wanting to be found as suspicious due to aiding Kaito with the crossbow.
Confusion and Conclusion
During the Class Trial, Himiko along with everyone else was still confused about their current state of beginning a Class Trial with two missing people, but Monokuma reassured them that it's fine and that the one missing person is "on standby in the back". When that supposed missing person arrives riding an Exisal, and supposedly pretends to be Kaito before revealing themselves as Kokichi, Himiko, along with everyone else, believed that Kaito must have been the victim. Himiko is later accused of bringing the crossbow into the hanger, an accusation that she denied out of fear of being accused until both K1-B0 and Shuichi made it clear that she did in fact bring a crossbow into the Cyber Courtyard. Himiko panicked at this and tried to pin the crime on Maki Harukawa until she eventually came clean and admitted that she brought the crossbow because Kaito asked her to. She apologized to Maki as well for accusing her, an apology that she accepted and clarified by saying Himiko could not have used the crossbow because she never taught her how to assemble one. Himiko later becomes shocked when the supposed person inside of the Exisal (Which is thought to be Kokichi at the time) tells her that he likes her, though this was likely just a joke.
Later on in the trial, when the voice coming out of the Exisal changed to match Kaito's again, Himiko along with K1-B0, and Tsumugi believed that the victim could have been Kokichi and that the one riding the Exisal is Kaito. Although Shuichi and Maki thought that they disproved this claim, it is later revealed that Himiko was originally right near the end of the trial and that the one inside the Exisal was in fact Kaito. Himiko, along with everyone else, is rendered depressed, stunned and silenced at the fact that Kaito ended up being the culprit of Kokichi's murder. However, he reassured everyone to smile, send him off in style, and that he won't accept their tears before proudly accepting his execution, but choosing to die on his own terms and not Monokuma's.
After the trial concluded, Himiko would reunite with Shuichi, Maki, and Tsumugi in the courtyard, intent on ending the Killing Game for Kaito's sake and carrying on his will. They all begin training, but it was cut short by K1-B0, who had lost his "connector" to the outside world and thus; was determined to destroy Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles and end the Killing Game himself.
Uncovering the Truth
Himiko and everyone else was shocked and frightened to discover the academy coming under fire from the Ultimate Robot, suddenly being able to fly and shoot lasers. The group ran to the front of the school to try and get K1-B0's attention. He eventually hovered down towards them, stopping his assault, and asked him what they wanted and to keep this brief. When asked, K1-B0 said that no matter where they go, Despair will be right around the corner. As a result, he was determined to destroy the school even if it meant that he himself and everyone else would die. Shuichi was eventually able to turn his way of thinking around, but only until dawn. K1-B0 threatened Himiko and everyone else that if they could not find the truth behind this Killing Game before dawn breaks, he would continue his destruction of the academy. Monokuma and the rebuilt Monokubs in their respective Exisals eventually showed up to try and stop his assault, declaring that the Killing Game cannot be ended. With that, Himiko and the others ran into the school for cover while K1-B0 tried to hold the Exisals off until dawn.
During the final investigation, Himiko along with Shuichi went inside Rantaro's Research Lab thanks to K1-B0's assistance. At first, the room was ambiguous and it was difficult to judge what his talent was based on the room's appearance. After solving the vault puzzle in the back of the room thanks to Kokichi's messages that he had left behind, Himiko and Shuichi managed to find a USB drive that they plugged into the laptop. It was then that they both discovered Rantaro's talent as the Ultimate Survivor via a recording made by the Rantaro before he had lost his memory to the Rantaro after he had lost his memory. Himiko and Shuichi were both baffled at this recording, with Himiko wondering why Rantaro would do something so stupid. Himiko split up from Shuichi at this point in order to investigate Rantaro's room.
Himiko would later regather with Tsumugi, Maki, and Shuichi in the library annoyed that everyone decided to meet up without her. When Shuichi asked her if she found anything of importance in Rantaro's room, Himiko told him to shut up simply because she didn't want to be seen as useless due to not being able to find anything. Monotaro showed up in his Exisal and attempted to stop their investigation, but K1-B0 immediately rushed to his friend's rescue, knocking the Exisal to the side and binding it in the rubble to keep it from moving for a while. K1-B0 then opened up the hidden room by using his laser cannon, blowing the door to smithereens. Finally, all the survivors were able to enter the hidden room, hoping to discover the Mastermind. Within the hidden room itself, they discovered one of the overseers of the Killing Game and the apparent source of all Monokuma's, Motherkuma. Motherkuma claimed that it had the ability to produce new Monokuma's, a claim that Himiko and the remaining survivors aside from K1-B0 promptly tested by asking it to birth a new Monokuma (With the exception of Tsumugi, who said "make" instead of "birth" as to not give away her identity). Motherkuma refused, stating that it cannot birth a new Monokuma for someone that doesn't love it. In the end, while Shuichi was able to find two very important clues, the group as a whole were not able to get anything useful out of Motherkuma. Himiko insisted that she stay behind, promising Shuichi, Maki, and Tsumugi that she would find a clue, wanting to be seen as useful for everyone.
Shuichi, Maki, and Tsumugi all left the hidden room, choosing to trust in Himiko. However, during K1-B0's fight with the Exisal, the path back into the hidden room became barred by rubble, trapping Himiko inside. Everyone else became increasingly concerned about the Ultimate Magician's well being, but chose to trust in her and that she would be alright before continuing their own separate investigations. In reality, Himiko could escape from the hidden room via a secret passage that connected to the girls bathroom on the first floor. She would then head up to the second floor and discover Shuichi in a classroom, investigating a device made to create Flashback Lights. However, upon opening the door to the classroom, the device shut off and the room returned to normal. Shuichi asked Himiko how she managed to escape the hidden room. She told him that it was all thanks to her magic before the whole building began shaking again, to which she clarified that it was due to the fact that the hidden room and the first-floor girls bathroom were connected. Intrigued, Shuichi went with her to investigate that exact bathroom and found that she was right. This fact alone would end up being a crucial piece of evidence used in discovering the true identity of the Mastermind.
Upon leaving the bathroom with Shuichi, they ran into Maki, who was initially very confused as to why they both left the girls bathroom together, but eventually shrugged it off and believed that Shuichi wouldn't go into the girls bathroom without purpose. Shuichi told both girls to go find Tsumugi and meet up with him in the courtyard, believing that he finally knows what to do in order to end this Killing Game. Himiko and Maki went to find Tsumugi, but upon heading out to the courtyard, they overheard Shuichi saying that they were all going to hold a Class Trial. Everyone, including K1-B0 and Monokuma was increasingly confused at this suggestion, but Shuichi reassured everyone that this Class Trial would end the Killing Game for good. Hearing this, Himiko, Tsumugi, Maki, and a reluctant K1-B0 agreed with the Ultimate Detective's suggestion and made their way to the Shrine of Judgement. They had to wait for K1-B0 to take off his equipment, once he returned, he apologized to everyone for his behavior but then noticed the Bug Vac Maki was holding and examined it. Thanks to K1-B0's zoom in function, Himiko, and the others were able to discover the academy's nanoscopic security cameras, the Nanokumas. With this new clue in hand, Himiko descended to the trial grounds with everyone else with the sole intent of ending this Killing Game once and for all
The Final Class Trial
Himiko, along with fellow survivors Tsumugi, K1-B0, and Maki, at Shuichi's recommendation, decided to re-open Rantaro's case after discovering new truths related to his murder. Once Shuichi revealed Rantaro's talent as the Ultimate Survivor, and proved that Kaede did in fact not murder him and was executed unjustly, he realized that the Mastermind had to be one of them and said as much to the remaining survivors. Himiko however, refused to acknowledge this claim, believing that they were all friends who swore to fight together. Nevertheless, to uncover the Mastermind of this Killing Game, Shuichi recommended that they all double-check everyone's alibis during Rantaro's murder, which finally allowed Shuichi to hone in on Tsumugi as the true culprit and Mastermind of the Killing School Semester.
Himiko along with the other survivors became confused and shocked that the Ultimate Cosplayer could have gone through with such a plan while she denied the claim vehemently. Shuichi however, makes it very clear that Tsumugi was the only person who could have murdered Rantaro by using the hidden passageway in the girls bathroom that Himiko discovered, which also led into the hidden room that connected to the library. Tsumugi attempted to pin the blame on K1-B0 since he was not present for when they interacted with Motherkuma, but Shuichi is quick to call her out on not giving the command of "birth" which would have triggered Motherkuma's voice recognition software and created another Monokuma. Although Himiko tried to reassure her to argue, not wanting the Mastermind to be a fellow comrade, it was for nothing. Her along with the others watch as Tsumugi dropped her act and re-introduced herself as "Junko Enoshima the 53rd".
Himiko wasn't sure what to believe, she asked "Junko" if she was Tsumugi, their friend who survived with them. Tsumugi, now cosplaying as Junko told Himiko and everyone else that "Tsumugi Shirogane" was just a cover for her and that they were all fools to think of her as a comrade. Tsumugi then went on to state that she simply wanted to reproduce her own Killing Game and that there was nobody watching. Shuichi however, did not believe this claim due to their contradicting memories, as well as the facts regarding Kokichi and Rantaro that also conflicted with their memories of the Hope's Peak Academy Saga. As a result, Shuichi was able to determine that everyone's memories of being students at Hope's Peak Academy, The Gofer Project, and shouldering their friends and families burdens as mankind's last hope, was all a false memory planted into their brains by the Flashback Light. Tsumugi then revealed that everything they remembered about attending Hope's Peak Academy and the outside world being destroyed was a lie and that the Flashback Lights were actually tools to implant new memories, not tools to help you remember. What the participants remembered about Kokichi being a part of the Remnants of Despair was a lie as well, much to everyone's shock. Himiko is exceptionally shocked by all this news and refuses to believe it at first, wondering how everything they believed to be their reality could possibly be fake.
In reality, the circumstances behind their Killing Game were far crueler. After proving her talent fully as the Ultimate Cosplayer by cosplaying as the participants of the Killing School Life and the Killing School Trip, Tsumugi revealed that everything that took place in the Hope's Peak Academy Saga was nothing more than fictional events from a very popular anime and video game franchise known as Danganronpa. She also revealed that their entire Killing Game had been broadcasted to a very peaceful world that was completely obsessed with Killing Games, essentially revealing that everything they've been through as a reality-TV show and "Ultimate Real Fiction". She told them all that she herself was a part of Team Danganronpa, a company that makes the "finest killing entertainment" and that everyone loves their work.
Himiko, along with the other survivors, were quick to oppose Tsumugi and Monokuma, but they both revealed that the participants of the Killing School Semester are also "fictional characters", whose memory, personality, feelings, and talent were all fabricated by the Flashback Lights in order to provide exciting characters for the Killing Game. To back up her claim, Tsumugi showed Shuichi's, Kaede's, and Kaito's supposed audition videos for the Killing Game, showing that they were all very twisted or outright depressed people that, like the audience watching, were obsessed with Danganronpa to the point where they willingly participated in the Killing Game. Himiko became shocked at this sudden revelation and subsequently fell into Despair along with the others, unsure of what to do now that everything so far had been revealed to be lies.
Hope or Despair
K1-B0 reassured everyone not to lose Hope, stating that that was what his "inner voice" was telling him and that if this was the "Ultimate Real Fiction", then not all of it could be fictional and that there must be something they could do. Tsumugi corrected him and said that the voice K1-B0 had been hearing this entire time was actually the voice of the people watching this Killing Game, an audience survey. She continued to state that he was nothing more than an interactive communication device and camera for the viewers to interact with and participate in the game themselves. Despite this, K1-B0 refused to give up on Hope and stated that the people in the outside world don't want Despair. Tsumugi meanwhile refused to give up on Despair and stated that a world that enjoys killings could not possibly desire Hope. In true Danganronpa fashion, they decided to settle this with one final, special vote where K1-B0 represented Hope and Tsumugi represented Despair. K1-B0 and Maki were both willing to sacrifice themselves if it meant that Hope could win and Shuichi and Himiko could live despite the fact that there was supposedly nothing left for them in the outside world.
Shuichi however, saw through the charade and cut in, saying that neither choice was correct and that choosing Hope would do nothing but cause the Killing Game to continue, which he and K1-B0 were able to deduce thanks to the late Rantaro's circumstances. Because of this, Shuichi decided to stop playing along and abandoned his vote, hoping to end Danganronpa once and for all by willingly sacrificing his own life, much to Tsumugi's and Monokuma's chagrin. Eventually, Shuichi convinced Himiko to abandon her vote. She declared that even if she was a fictional character, her life was real. She called the audience disgusting for enjoying watching lives get crushed and exclaims that she would not let them use her life for some show. Himiko declared that she would use her life as a weapon and vowed to Tenko, Angie, and everyone else who had been victimized to end Danganronpa once and for all. Eventually, Maki and K1-B0 also abandoned their vote, uniting against Tsumugi and Monokuma even if it cost them their lives.
In a last-ditch effort to keep Danganronpa going, K1-B0 was taken over by the audience. Seeing this, Tsumugi laughed, proud to show that the audience did not wish for Danganronpa to end and explained that they supposedly deleted K1-B0's personality that kept getting in the way. K1-B0 is able to take brief control again and tells his fellow survivors that their choice was not the wrong one and that they can change the world before being taken over again. Himiko told K1-B0 to hang in there, but Tsumugi states that what they're doing is pointless. Shuichi refuses to give up, still exclaiming that he will end Danganronpa and that their lives are not just show-things for their amusement.
Confident that his voice reached the outside world through K1-B0, Shuichi and everyone else abandoned their vote. Tsumugi however, bent the rules one last time and abandoned her vote too, which she revealed after everyone else did. Shuichi, Maki, and Himiko are immediately confused and worried as to why she abandoned her vote as well. Tsumugi stated that if they're going to risk their lives to end Danganronpa, then she would risk her life to make it continue. Tsumugi was confident that Danganronpa would continue after abandoning her vote, meaning only K1-B0's vote would have any power as he was still being controlled by the outside world. She even went as far as to describe a new plot-line for him in the next Killing Game.
When Monokuma displayed the results of the final voting, Tsumugi became shocked to discover that no one had voted, proving that the audience does not want Danganronpa to continue. Tsumugi panicked and tried to make everyone reconsider, but it was no use as the monitors all turned off, the audience no longer showing any interest. Tsumugi, upon realizing that Danganronpa was indeed over and done with, promptly lost all of her hope in living as she denied a world without Danganronpa, but had not prepared a proper Punishment before-hand and as such left it to K1-B0. Himiko wondered if a punishment was really necessary, but Shuichi told her that if they did not die here then the world might want more Killing Games someday. With that, K1-B0 proceeded to destroy the school, killing Tsumugi and Monokuma in the process.
Himiko survived the final Execution along with fellow survivors Shuichi and Maki by hiding under some rubble. Himiko was in a bit of a bind, but Shuichi helped her up before taking in their surroundings. Ultimate Academy for Gifted Juveniles had been completely obliterated by K1-B0 with a large hole in the dome being left from his own explosion. The remaining survivors wondered what would become of the fictional world now, but none of them had an idea of what to do now that everything was over. Maki questioned at first why they were still alive, but Himiko and Shuichi both stated that it must have been the outside world's will that let them survive.
To Maki and Himiko's surprise, Shuichi stated that what Tsumugi said to them about the outside world may have been a lie and that Hope's Peak Academy and the Remnants of Despair might actually exist, though he has no proof to back up this claim. He also does not think that he would willingly participate in a killing game no matter how mad of a world he was living in, but once again it is mere speculation, though Himiko states that Kaito's insight might be rubbing off on him.
Despite not really knowing what is truth and what is lie, Himiko along with the two remaining survivors resolve themselves to go out into the outside world and see the truth for themselves, and that if a lie had changed the world, then the story would not end.
Creation and Development
Her given name kanji, 秘密子 himiko, means "secret child" while her last name kanji, 夢野 yumeno, means "dream field". Her full name could be taken as a pun meaning "secret child of wide dreams".
InDanganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version), Himiko was first seen in the cafeteria along with Tenko Chabashira and Kaito Momota. She introduced herself to Kaede Akamatsu and Makoto Naegi, insisting that her true title is the Ultimate Mage but due to the conspiracy of magic nonexistent, people refer her as the Ultimate Magician, much to her dismay.
During the incident of Yasuhiro Hagakure's murder, Himiko was having tea with Tenko in the cafeteria. Himiko gives her a lecture about the difference between magic and witchcraft and stated that there was always the two of them. However, Tenko noticed a male entering the kitchen but didn't have time to pay closer attention since Himiko's lecture intensified and didn't let her have some free time until the body discovery announcement was broadcasted by Monokuma.
Himiko has pale skin, reddish-brown eyes, and chin-length red hair. Her most notable trait is her black "witch hat", with a red strip around the middle of it, a small pin on the cloth. She also has a quite short stature and round face, giving her quite a young appearance. The right corners of her upper lips are slightly curled up, and her eyes are lazily lidded, reflecting how easily tired she gets.
She also wears brown medieval boots with white ribbons tied around her ankles, dark brown tights, and a pleated bubble red skirt. Around her shoulders is a black blazer with grey accents, with a grey blouse underneath a brown sweater vest. On the pocket of her blazer is an insignia of her previous high school, and gold buttons adorn her blazer.
Some of her hair is hidden underneath the witch hat she wears on her head. She also wears a hairpin on the right side of her bangs, which resembles a blue gem. The same similar gems appear as cufflinks on her sleeves.
In the prologue, Himiko wears a white sailor blouse with green lining and a red bow, a grey cardigan, a pleated blue skirt, white socks, and black loafers.
Regarding her talent, Himiko considers her parlor tricks to be real magic. This is why she prefers to be called a mage instead of a magician. However, she is only seen doing rather ordinary things like hand techniques and making doves appear. She gets annoyed if people tell her magic isn't real, causing her to repeat that it is over and over again. During various situations, she tends to claim that she could use her magic to fix the problem, but she says she doesn't have enough MP. She also tends to take the credit in multiple situations, claiming it all happened thanks to her magic. Fitting her mage theme, she also uses a very notable outdated way of speaking, though this is not included in the English version. While all of this can make her appear self-centered, she has actually explained that one of the biggest reasons why she likes being a "mage" is to make her audience happy and smile, especially children.
While she has a "to the max" side as a magician, Himiko also has a very lazy side and finds putting in the maximum effort to be too much trouble. She constantly calls things tiresome and appears disinterested in things other than magic, refusing to do several things because it's "such a pain". She also struggles to communicate her feelings to others, claiming that talking wears her out and generally appears to be spaced out. While she is occasionally anxious to the point of severe trembling and stuttering, there are also moments when she just appears mildly annoyed during horrible situations and doesn't seem to fully realize what is happening. She is also notably childish, taking pride in things like brushing her teeth or going to the bathroom by herself, and constantly talks about her magic or other completely irrelevant topics during inappropriate moments. At one point, the other students agree that she would be incapable of creating a very complex plan, as Maki points out that she is "a bit slow". Because of all of this, she has difficulties connecting with others, and her overall behavior seems to suggest that she may have some form of disorder. Even though it often cannot be seen from the outside, she does feel strongly on the inside and suffers from terrible fear during the killing game.
Her personality conflicts with the complete opposite of Tenko Chabashira's, who tires out Himiko very quickly with her extreme personality, causing her to tell her to stop and leave her alone rather rudely and bluntly at times. It's implied that she doesn't really dislike Tenko, and simply finds the situation overwhelming. Feeling as if she has no one to turn to, Himiko is easily convinced to worship Atua by Angie Yonaga, with her using this faith as an escapism against the terrible situation she is in. She appears to turn much more peaceful, but also refuses to face the reality and even begins to suppress emotions such as anger, and lets Angie's Atua make all the decisions. After the deaths of both Angie and Tenko, she was shocked at first and later began to act very depressed after the other students accused her of being their potential murderer. She appeared passively suicidal, saying she doesn't care anymore and life itself is a pain after losing her closest friends and then being called their murderer, and told the other students they can just pick her as the culprit as she was too tired to fight back their accusations. However, after receiving encouragement from some others students and Shuichi reminding her of Tenko's advice to live life forward while expressing your emotions, Himiko brought herself out of her dark thoughts and wished to avenge Angie and Tenko with newfound determination and energy. After the killer was revealed and executed, Kokichi still pointed out that Himiko is holding back her true feelings and his harsh words caused her to finally break and cry heavily, which ultimately helped her to cope with her pain and emotions.
Starting from Chapter 4, Himiko decides to change herself for better in order to survive the killing game as well as protect her friends after two of her best friends perished. After Tenko's advice about letting out her emotions, she does her best to not be lazy and becomes high spirited at times, also making herself better in communicating and bonding with the others, notably Maki Harukawa. She copied Kaito Momota's "Maki Roll" nickname for her, but always ended up being glared at by an annoyed Maki. Overall, Himiko becomes a whole new person through self-improvement and adoration for those around her. She's more openly caring, trusting, and plays huge roles in the class trials. She states that she wants nothing more than to be useful to her friends and loved ones. It's also pointed out that her facial expressions become easier for others to read. She even begins to act more physically active, like occasionally running when it isn't necessary, which quickly makes her tired since she is not used to it. She is even a little less fixated on magic, being willing to admit that some things didn't happen because of her magic and had nothing to do with it. Nevertheless, the concept is still very close to her, as she says that she'll always be a dreamer.
Himiko is also shown to be a bit self-conscious about her shortness and small chest, which is why she often gets annoyed when Tenko keeps calling her "small and cute" during the earlier chapters. She is also conscious about her face, possibly because Miu and Kokichi repeatedly call her ugly. She also humorously occasionally assumes that some other students have a romantic interest in her, though she seems to be a bit uncomfortable if the other person is a girl, bluntly asking them if "they're playing for the other team" as seen with Kaede and Tenko. She apparently likes "handsome men", as she considers the god Atua to be a one, and she can occasionally say something surprisingly suggestive about the matter. She also has a humorous tendency to blush from her own compliments. She has an interest in romance and soap operas, as she is shown to be genuinely interested in and entertained by Monotaro and Monophanie's drama in Chapter 4. She also appears to be quite gullible and easily tricked if a boy claims to have an interest in her, as she blushes and genuinely seems to believe Kokichi when he at one point claims to like her, likely as a joke. The other students are even shown to be defensive of her and tell Kokichi to stop playing with her heart.
In the original Japanese, Himiko usually called people that she respects with a usual suffix "よ/yo" and ended her sentence with "-ja." She also refers herself as "Uchi/うち/ウチ", a pronoun used where a person was talking on behalf of their family, company, etc. It is also used by women in the Kansai region and the island of Kyushu.
Himiko's talent as the Ultimate Magician is a fabrication made by Team Danganronpa. Due to that fact, it is unclear whether Himiko is a talented magician in the past.
Himiko can perform parlor tricks such as choosing someone's card correctly, finding a coin in their ear, or make doves appear. She claims she uses real magic, though this is not confirmed.
Himiko has mentioned that the only "magic" performance she never succeeded in before is the Water Escape Performance. However, she could survive the water escape trick in Chapter 2 perfectly.
In other languages
Himiko's talent as it appears in official translations of Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony.
|超高校級の「マジシャン」||Super High School Level Magician|
|Magicienne Ultime||Ultimate Magician|
|超高中級的魔術師||Super High School Level Magician|
|超高中级的魔术师||Super High School Level Magician|
|超高校級の「魔法使い」||Super High School Level Mage|
|Sorcière Ultime||Ultimate Witch|
It is heavily implied that Himiko has a strong relationship with her mother, as she is seen talking about her often.
Tenko is shown to be attracted to Himiko since the first chapter and constantly tries to spend time with her and get her attention. Her behavior is sometimes flirtatious, which seems to make Himiko uncomfortable. Having extremely different personalities, Himiko is often overwhelmed by Tenko and wants to be left in peace. She can quite bluntly and rudely tell her to stop, yet Tenko continues to stay with her and wishes to protect her. Notably, Tenko is the only other student who seems to genuinely believe in Himiko's magic and just like her, she keeps insisting that she is a real mage instead of a magician. Tenko also often attempts to convince Himiko to take up Neo Aikido, but she always declines, claiming to be too lazy.
Tenko is also very protective of Himiko and was usually the one to save her from incidents, like when she was attacked by bugs. In Chapter 2, she also tried to convince Himiko not to perform her dangerous trick. During the second trial, when Angie turned against Himiko, Tenko protected her from all the suspicion towards her, saying that she will believe in Himiko no matter what and doesn't think she is a person capable of taking the others' lives. Thanks to this act, Himiko began to warm up to Tenko a little bit, as she later joins Tenko in her activities in the dojo. Tenko throws her, which allows her to read Himiko's emotions and give her advice. Though, Himiko gets angry due to being thrown and threatens to turn Tenko into an ugly frog.
During the bonus event in Chapter 3, when the girls were in the pool's locker room and Himiko was very self-conscious about her small chest, Tenko gave her a big self-esteem boost by stating that beauty matters more than size and assured her that she is well-shaped.
Tenko later becomes jealous and worried when Himiko decides to follow Angie's footsteps in worshipping her "handsome" God. She asks Himiko if she's into handsome types and why she doesn't go for Tenko instead. Himiko then asks Tenko if she swings that way, slightly shocking Tenko who then turns embarrassed and nervously tries to explain it's not like that. In Chapter 3, Tenko even joined the Student Council led by Angie only so she could be close with Himiko and protect her. However, they get into an argument after Tenko outrightly tries to ask Himiko to leave the council, with Tenko even telling her she isn't a real mage for being so easily persuaded by Angie. Himiko refuses as she uses the council to cope with the killing game situation, though it also causes her to shut in her feelings. However, the argument notably affects Himiko, and Tenko, in turn, feels very guilty for yelling at Himiko and decides to apologize.
During the beginning of a seance, Tenko fulfilled her role as a protector for Himiko, as she was the one who told Himiko to stay back and voluntarily made herself as the medium, ultimately saving Himiko's life due to Korekiyo's trap and ending her own in Chapter 3. Just before her death, she gave Himiko advice about being open about her emotions, and the two made up with Himiko seemingly developing a much more positive view of Tenko than before. When Tenko is murdered, Himiko has a breakdown and she tries to act according to Tenko's example in the future, causing her to develop as a person. Her development is also helped by Kokichi's harsh words during the trial, as he calls her out for her hypocritical behavior, as she didn't show any care towards Tenko before her death. Himiko feels guilty because of this, wishing she could have thanked Tenko and overall be nicer towards her.
During later chapters, Himiko mentions Tenko quite a few times wistfully, usually when some situation makes her think about how Tenko would have acted towards her when she was still alive. She talks about this with Shuichi, who in turn is reminded of Kaede.
While Tenko is confirmed to have romantic feelings for Himiko, her feelings for Tenko are a bit more unclear. During the final Class Trial, when Tsumugi claimed she was responsible for causing Maki to have romantic feelings for Kaito, Himiko was heartbroken after learning that the reason why Tenko was always protecting her was because it was scripted and Tsumugi claimed credit for her feelings as well.
Though appearing uninterested and lazy at first, Himiko becomes close friends with Angie and gets converted into her religion to worship her "handsome god", which makes Tenko jealous. Himiko is shown to like Angie very much and Angie even assists her at one point during their magic show, which was Angie's idea, although they are interrupted by Ryoma Hoshi's murder. However, the other students are disturbed by their bond which appears to be a result of brainwashing.
Despite their bond, Angie immediately accused Himiko of being Ryoma's killer when there was evidence that showed Himiko was capable of being the killer. Angie stated that she needed to do so because she didn't want her classmates to die due to choosing the wrong culprit. Himiko doesn't blame Angie for this, as she is extremely trusting of her and Atua's logic. Because of this, Tenko later joined the Student Council to be with Himiko and protect her and later betrayed Angie.
When the two are killed by Korekiyo, Himiko is devastated and tearful. She actively participates in their class trial, determined to solve their murders and find their killer.
Tsumugi seems to be the only other one among students alongside Tenko that responds to Himiko's saying as a mage. When Himiko states that she ran out of MP during the demo class trial, Tsumugi suggests that she sleep at the inn for one night in order to restore her MP.
The two remained on good terms with one another throughout the Killing School Semester, never seeming openly hostile to each other but not quite close friends either. After Kaito's trial concluded, both girls joined Shuichi and Maki in the courtyard to carry on the Ultimate Astronaut's will, showing that they see each other as fellow survivors and friends.
After Shuichi deduced that Tsumugi was Rantaro's true killer and Ringleader behind their killing game, Himiko did not want to believe it and, like Shuichi, wanted her to argue and prove her own innocence, not wanting to condemn or think ill of another comrade. After Tsumugi did admit to orchestrating their killing game, Himiko could do nothing but be even more disappointed, but eventually vowed to stop her and the killing game alongside her fellow survivors for good, even if it cost her her own life.
Kokichi enjoys teasing and picking on Himiko due to her delayed reactions and personality, which make her an easy target since she often does not realize what Kokichi means and gets angry whenever she does. Kokichi tends to point fingers at her and claim she's the culprit, though he doesn't really seem to believe this and seemingly just does it for fun, like in Chapter 2. Being overly protective of Himiko, Tenko assumes Kokichi likes Himiko because she believes boys only tease the girls they like. Kokichi answers with a slightly surprised and innocent "huh!? how'd you know?!", though it's likely he was just joking around.
During Chapter 3's trial, Kokichi causes Himiko to cry by harshly calling her out for running away from her own emotions and being a hypocrite. She had made promises and talked at length during the trial about how she wasn’t going to call things tiresome and that she was going to embrace her emotions to the fullest and be honest with herself, but she wasn't actually doing it. This causes Himiko to recall Tenko's last words to her, about how crying, laughing, and venting your anger out makes you feel better than bottling it all up, and she finally cries until she falls asleep. It’s heavily implied that Kokichi genuinely cared about Himiko at the moment, as he himself states that he was being so harsh because he cares. While he dislikes people lying to themselves, he also appears to sympathize with them, and his speech ended up helping Himiko a lot. As a result, however, Himiko really dislikes and doesn't trust Kokichi in the later chapters. Kokichi also appeared to genuinely compliment Himiko during the trial, when her decision to use the middle room turned out to be an extremely important clue.
During Chapter 5's class trial, Himiko states that there is no way to love or take interest in a person like Kokichi. However, Kokichi teasingly says that he knows that she likes him and then claims that he likes her in a more sincere sounding voice, though his facial expressions cannot be seen due to the Exisal. Himiko is a bit shocked by the surprising answer, blushing deeply and putting her hand on her heart. The other students quickly get angry at Kokichi and tell him to stop playing with Himiko's heart. With his lying and mischievous nature, it is hard to tell how serious Kokichi was, but it's likely that he simply gave a surprising answer for his own amusement, especially since it's been shown that Himiko would be easily tricked with such words and Kokichi's more serious sounding tone at the time. The script was written by Kokichi, but it's unknown how sincere he was portrayed, so Kaito only followed what was written down. After revealing himself, Kaito also confessed that he had to ad-lib quite a bit.
In her relationship chart, Kokichi grins while calling her "an extremely ugly girl". He similarly calls Himiko ugly during the Prologue, when Miu tells the Monokubs to kill the ugly ones first, and Kokichi then cheerfully tells Himiko to run. Himiko, however, does not understand what he's talking about.
Himiko's insistence on magic often annoyed Miu, and Miu even called her a con artist at one point. Miu also repeatedly insulted her, saying that she has a small chest and ugly face, calling her things like "midget" and "donkey-lipped".
In Chapter 4, Himiko was upset with the disappointing avatar graphics in the Neo World Program for their avatar, yelling to Miu who repeatedly apologized to her. However, she grew to like her avatar during the investigation and was notably relieved to use her "beautiful" avatar again when the group returned to the virtual world to investigate Miu's death.
Himiko stated that Miu didn't deserve to be killed, but after learning the fact that she was killed when trying to perpetrate Kokichi's murder, she decided to change her opinion about her once again. She even said that Miu's demise, killed by strangulation using a toilet paper, is a fitting end for a person like her. She also didn't want to befriend her, even if they had been outside the Killing Game as she said during the fourth Class Trial.
During most of the Killing Game, Himiko is shown to have quite a poor opinion of K1-B0, seemingly not considering him a person and more than once suggesting that "they should just kill the robot". At one point, Himiko even suggests that K1-B0 should self-destruct to open a hole in the wall, thus making himself useful for once. Because of her mean words, K1-B0 is very offended and even proclaims that she is the worst person in the academy, second only to Kokichi.
In Chapter 6, Himiko began to have a better opinion of K1-B0 and saw him as a close friend. After he helped the other students a lot, she acted much friendlier towards him and even offered to make him a real boy with her magic. When K1-B0's personality was about to be erased during the final trial, Himiko was horrified by such cruelness and cried while begging for K1-B0 to stay with them, reminding him that he has survived this far.
In the end, K1-B0 self-destructed to destroy the academy's wall, letting Himiko and the other survivors escape. Himiko believed that he must have made sure that his three friends survive.
Himiko could note that he was being bullied as Monotaro was acting weird to the students after Monokid died.
In Chapter 4, when Monotaro suffered from severe memory issues, he somehow became friends with the remaining students as he was helpful to them and considered him a very nice person. When Monotaro believed K1-B0 was his father and the robot declined, Himiko accused K1-B0 of mean behavior and told him he should at least play along for now.
- Main article, including full dialogue: Free Time Events/Himiko Yumeno, Hotel Kumasutra#Himiko Yumeno
|Loves:||048. Illusion Rod, 054. Flame Thunder, 066. Bird Food, 130. Key of Love|
|Likes:||003. Ginger Tea, 004. Cleopatra's Pearl Cocktail, 007. Sugar, 009. Astro Cake, 013. Bunny Apples, 016. Candy Cigarette, 019. Crystal Bangle, 021. Bondage Boots, 024. Mono-Jinbei, 029. Wearable Blanket, 031. Ladybug Brooch, 032. Cufflinks, 038. Dreams Come True ☆ Spell Book, 045. High-End Headphones, 046. Teddy Bear, 058. Gold Origami, 067. Proxilingual Device, 069. Potted Banyan Tree, 072. Work Chair Of Doom, 077. Clock-Shaped Gaming Console, 081. Jelly Balls, 084. Semazen Doll, 091. Space Egg, 094. Helping Yacchi, 095. Home Planet, 105. Bear Ears, 109. Cosmic Blanket, 110. Fully-Automated Shaved Ice Machine|
List of Appearances
- Himiko's title, rather than being 魔術師 majutsushi (a magician in the fantastical sense) or 手品師 tejinashi (magician as in a performer), is simply the Japanese transliteration of the English word "magician" - which in Japanese could also mean both "real" and "stage" magician, although usually refers to the latter.
- Himiko is the shortest female character in Danganronpa V3.
- Himiko's English voice actress, Christine Marie Cabanos, also voices Chiaki Nanami.
- She strongly dislikes insects.
- In a poll hosted by MyNavi, fans voted Himiko the 5th most popular Danganronpa V3 student.
- Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki from April 27th, 2017 to May 22nd, 2017 held two popularity polls, one that was voted electronically and the other via post cards. Himiko was voted the 13th most popular student in the electronic poll, and 8th through post cards.
- Himiko claims that her familiar is a tiger cub (which is seen in her official artwork). However, during her Love Suite fantasy scene, her familiar is a wolf transformed into a human form she fell in love with.
- In the picture of the Ultimate Academy Student Council, Himiko's right hand is showing and her thumb is on the wrong side of her hand.